Day Two in Ubud, Bali
Our second morning in Ubud started out like our first morning in Ubud - which is with breakfast being served to our patio. It isn’t the greatest breakfast, but there is something so wonderful about being brought food to your patio. It may be one of my favorite things about full time travel, actually. It certainly isn’t the jet lag, which is why we try to avoid it at all costs.
I barely took any pictures yesterday, which is a sign of a good day, in my estimation. After breakfast we went for a walk and booked a massage for each of us. While walking, another massage place got back to me through Facebook, so I booked that too. You can never have too much massage or yoga in Ubud, I’m coming to discover.
There was a motion and movement class by the same instructor that led us on the ball journey yesterday. I wasn’t interested in that, but Jill was, so we spilt up. I went for a little walk to a coffee shop and we met up later for lunch next to the yoga studio.
When we parted we talked about the idea of doing too much yoga in one day. How much is too much? Isn’t this why we came here anyway? There is really only one way to find out how much yoga is too much yoga. That’s to attend 3 or 4 classes a day.
Now to be clear, some of these classes aren’t really yoga, as I will share with you in a minute. But about this coffee shop I went to. It’s called F.R.E.A.K. and stands for something coffee related that I’ll look up later.
I jumped back to the hotel to grab my laptop so I could write about our first day in Ubud, and interrupted the entire staff cleaning our room. Seriously, there were four people in our smallish room cleaning and making the bed. It was amazing to see. Once I had my laptop and was firmly ensconced in my seat at F.R.E.A.K. I began to write.
I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I just sat with a coffee in a café and wrote a smattering of things while watching people and staring out the window. I could seriously do this every day and never get bored. I won’t go into details, but Ubud is a great place to watch some people. I don’t think I’ve been surrounded by so many women in a long long time, and it’s just such a welcome energy. I offered a woman my menu and then later I gave her the wifi password. An Australian woman asked if I was using the stool across from my wooden table and I gladly gave that to her as well. So many smiles. Everybody seems truly happy to be here in Ubud. And then the man I call Rasputin came in. We saw him in the lobby of the movie theater the night before talking about higher levels of consciousness with some guy who seemed totally bored. Rasputin looks like a cult leader – intense eyes, bald head, giant beard to match his giant eyebrows and he is super tall and thin. His eyes are piercing and he sat in the café across from me and just blissed out taking so much zen time to do even the smallest thing. Like take a small vial of brown powder from his fannypack and loading those contents into his palm and then into a device for huffing (?) and then actually huffing. This took more than 5 minutes. Then he started to mumble to himself. None of this was in a threatening way. It was almost like he wasn’t there. Nobody (but me) paid any attention to him at all.
After this I met Jill at the yoga studio and we walked a few feet away to a little warung for lunch. The portions were small compared to other places we’ve been, so we under-ordered just to be safe. I had the fish curry and Jill had some noodles. It was quite delicious so we ordered the tempeh and tofu skewers which was served with the famous Indonesian peanut sauce.
Not surprisingly we went to find some more yoga at this point, and had no trouble finding it at the Yoga Barn. There were two back to back classes that we had spied.
The first one was sound healing, which involved laying or sitting comfortably while a man with a beard and a turban sang and played instruments. Is this yoga you may ask? That’s a big question I’m not about to try to answer. I will tell you that it was quite relaxing. So relaxing that the woman next to me apologized for snoring when the class was over. I was so relaxed that I apparently had a smile on my face and gave off a few snores myself.
The next class wasn’t my favorite, so I won’t dwell on it too much. It’s difficult to do anything in a language that isn’t your first – especially teaching yoga to a room full of Westerners. It was one of those classes where there was so much talking and so many variations presented that it became totally confusing about what pose she intended. This would have been fixed by showing us the pose and then giving a dozen variations (or just 2) but that’s not how she operated. She first showed us very quickly, all the options.
We then found our way out of that confusion of lost time that can be yoga and into the streets of Ubud to find our dinner. In no time we were at the all you can eat vegan buffet. Those who say that vegans don’t eat anything have obviously never tried vegan food. What is vegan food? It’s nearly everything except animal products. That’s a wide variety of foods my friends, and we were stuffed. We didn’t have to go back up three times, but we did. One trip to the buffet would have been a great value at about $4 each person. But we had to try all the things!
After that we rolled ourselves home.
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